Ne’er cast a clout till May is out? Feck that!
May is one of the best months of the year to take an overseas holiday. Think about it – the weather is picking up, the summer flight schedules have started, and yet school is still in session. i’ve been searching through the bargains, and here are six super may travel deals to get you started…
1) Tunisia: 7 days from €287 including flights and baggage…
Sunway has some fab new properties for summer 2014 in Tunisia, with rates at the four-star Kanta Apartments in Port Al Kantaoui kicking off from €287pp on May 9. The price includes flights, transfers, accommodation, 20kg baggage allowance and all taxes on a self catering basis. You can upgrade to 5-star on a half-board basis for just €399pp, too.
Details: 01 288-6828; sunway.ie
2) Rhodes: 7 days including flights from €409pp
The Greek Island of Rhodes is back on the summer charter schedule this year, thanks to Falcon. While prices are high in July and August, however, you can sneak over at the end of May for just €409pp. The deal includes flights and seven nights self-catering at the three-star Pefki Islands Resort in Pefkos. Falcon also has Majorca (two-star) from €299pp departing Dublin May 22.
3) Canary Islands: from €249pp…
Dynamic packaging operator LowCostHolidays.ie has several bargains from Dublin in mid to late May, including flights plus seven night in Tenerife from €249pp (three-star self-catering in Puerto de la Cruz) and a similar package in Lanzarote (three-star self-catering in Puerto del Carmen) from €285pp. You don’t have to travel for a full seven days, of course – that’s the beauty of dynamic packaging.
Details: 01 485-3835; lowcostholidays.ie
4) Turkey’s Bodrum Peninsula: €1,044 for a family of four…
If you’ve got kids of a pre-school age, then May is a magical month to whisk them overseas. Wings Abroad has seven nights in Bitez on the Bodrum Peninsula from €1,044 for a family of four (i.e. just €261pp), based on a May 16 departure with accommodation on a self-catering basis at the Summer Gardens Aparthotel.
5) Croatia: cool coastlines from €399pp half-board…
It’s possible to hit Croatia for less than €400pp this month – clickandgo.com has flights plus seven days in the Park Pula from €399pp during May (it’s half-board, too). By way of comparison, the price jumps to €589pp in June. Concorde Travel, meanwhile, has flights plus seven nights at the Antuninska Old Town Apartments in Dubrovnik from €399pp based on May 7 and 14 departures.
6) France: family camping from €780…
OK, the departure date is June 2, but look at the price! Keller Travel is offering a seven night family camping holiday at a Campotel resort from just €780. The price is for a family of four, but extra people can be added from just €50 a pop. Travel is by ferry from Rosslare – also included in the price.
Details: Keller Travel/ITAA.
NB: Prices subject to availability. Rates on these May travel deals are lead-in, based mostly on two and three-star accommodation, so it’s always worth having a look at TripAdvisor and other accommodation reviews before you book.